Face­book work­ing on ‘dis­like’ but­ton

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Face­book, pressed for years by users to add a “dis­like” but­ton, an­nounced Tues­day it was work­ing on the fea­ture and will be test­ing it soon.

“We’ve fi­nally heard you,” CEO and founder Mark Zucker­berg told a public town hall meet­ing in Face­book’s home­town of Menlo Park, Cal­i­for­nia.

A ques­tion sub­mit­ted online by a user asked the oft-re­peated ques­tion of why there were no but­tons along the lines of “I’m sorry”, “in­ter­est­ing” or “dis­like” in ad­di­tion to the clas­sic thumbs-up “like” but­ton, through which users show their sup­port for posts by friends, stars and brands on the so­cial net­work.

“Prob­a­bly hun­dreds of peo­ple have asked about this, and to­day is a spe­cial day be­cause to­day is the day where I ac­tu­ally get to say we are work­ing on it and are very close to ship­ping a test of it,” Zucker­berg said.

“It took us a while to get here... be­cause we don’t want to turn Face­book into a fo­rum where peo­ple are vot­ing up or down on peo­ple’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of com­mu­nity that we want to cre­ate.”

He said he un­der­stood that it was awk­ward to click “like” on a post about events such as a death in the fam­ily or the cur­rent refugee cri­sis and that there should be a bet­ter way for users to “ex­press that they un­der­stand and that they re­late to you.” “We’ve been work­ing on this for a while, ac­tu­ally. It’s sur­pris­ingly com­pli­cated to make,” Zucker­berg added.

“But we have an idea that we think we’re get­ting ready to test soon, and depend­ing on how that goes, we’ll roll it out more broadly.” — AFP

Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg says they are work­ing on the fea­ture and will be test­ing it soon.

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